Thursday, August 25, 2016

Mae West: Tarsem Singh

A recent article explored the link between a portrait of MAE WEST and a movie poster designed ten years ago.  Let's examine "The Fall" (painted by Tarsem Singh, 2006) and the well-known Face of Mae West (Which May be Used as an Apartment) (done by Salvador Dalí, 1934 – 1935).
• • Dicte Houmøller wrote:  This surrealistic work of art was not only made as a collage, but also an installation. It’s surreal, it’s detailed, and it’s not difficult to see why "The Fall" was made with lots of inspiration from Dalí, as well as this particular work of art. Instantly one sees the composition of the two works being very alike, as well as the iconic red mask and lips (which is also a very renowned sofa) standing out.
• • Dicte Houmøller explained:  Dalí created this as a celebration of the stunning Mae West, just as it seems that the crew behind the film made their poster as a celebration of Dalí and everything surreal. Just like Dalí was truly original, so is this film and the poster. Because although it borrows from the collage/installation, this poster still finds a way of combining it all with all the relevant themes, characters, genre, and general feel of the film and its story.
• • Dicte Houmøller observed:   The use of a beautiful women’s face is the main focus of the two works, so even though all kinds of small details, people and symbols are all around her, she’s the one to pull in the viewer and get his or her initial attention.
• • Dicte Houmøller continued:  Then, when looking closer, you discover all the other aspects. For example on the poster, the protagonist of the film standing on the left. The poster hereby not only references the surrealism of Dalí giving the audience an idea of the feel of the film, but it also makes sure to sell itself showing two beautiful and well-known Hollywood faces.
• • Dicte Houmøller  added:  The surreal dream-universe you find yourself in when watching The Fall gives many associations to what Salvador Dalí was known for as an artist and the poster is in no way an exception.

• • Source:  Article "13 Great Movie Posters You Didn’t Know Were Inspired by Famous Artworks" written by  Dicte Houmøller for Taste of Cinema; posted on Friday, 19 August 2016.
• • Regis Philbin born on Tuesday, 25 August 1931 • •
• • How many remember when Regis came up to see Mae West in "Sextette"?
• • Celebrating his birthday today, Regis Philbin — — who has been a TV-talk show honcho, game-show host, singer, author, and TV personality — — is sure to have a big cake. Congrats!
• • On Sunday, 25 August 1912 in Brooklyn • •
• • Mae West was seen on the stage of the New Brighton Theatre in Brooklyn's Coney Island area on 25 August 1912. The New Brighton always booked top tier vaudeville acts.
• • On Saturday, 25 August 1934 — "dripping with orchids" • •
• • Louella Parsons wrote:  Snapshots of Hollywood collected at random: . . . Mae West, dripping with orchids, in a ringside seat with her boy friend, Jim Timony;  B. P. Schulberg and Sylvia Sidney on the other side of the ring; Roger Pryor and Ann Sothern, Adela Rogers and the new boy friend, Enzo Fiermonte, Raoul Walsh, Adolph Zukor and dozens of other film celebrities, watching these bouts;  ...
• • Source: Gossip Column written by Louella Parsons for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; published on Saturday, 25 August 1934.
• • On Monday, 25 August 1980 • •
• • Mae West and Paul Novak checked into Good Samaritan Hospital on 10 August 1980 (after Mae had fallen out of bed and was diagnosed as having suffered a minor stroke). To avoid media scrutiny, the Los Angeles couple had registered as Gloria and Paul Drake. Though Mae had expected to be discharged on 25 August 1980, she was being kept there.  Mae's condition was not improving, alas. Things were not looking rosy.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Over the course of her career, Mae West made a name for herself as a bawdy, independent, cheekily funny sex symbol who defied any number of expectations for women and actresses.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "My corseted silhouette — — what is it but a return to normal, the ladies' way of saying the depression is over?"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A New Zealand paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Ariel wrote: I think it was Mae West who said  that her greatest nightmare was talking over the radio and thinking there was no one to listen to her. ...
• • Source: Item in The Press; published on Saturday, 25 August 1934
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past twelve years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started twelve years ago in July 2004.
You are reading the 3516th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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